The coronavirus pandemic, which has thrust the world into chaos, continues to evolve as the number of confirmed infections have surpassed the 2.5 million mark.
COVID-19 cases number at 2,503,383 at the time of writing. COVID-19 is the disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), commonly known simply as the coronavirus. Deaths due to the coronavirus pandemic number at 171,796 to date.
Fortunately, 659,300 COVID-19 patients have recovered from the disease. However, there remain 1,672,287 active cases. The good news is that the overwhelming majority of patients currently infected with the coronavirus – 97 percent – are in mild condition, translating to 1,614,670 people. The remaining three percent of cases translate to 57,617 people who are in serious or critical condition.
In India, confirmed cases number at 18,985. Fortunately, 3,273 people have recovered from COVID-19 in India. However, there are 15,109 active COVID-19 cases in India at the time of writing and 603 people tragically have lost their lives.
Perhaps India’s most highly publicised endeavour to curb the coronavirus pandemic is the imposition of a national lockdown. Initially declared on March 24th for a 21-day period by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the lockdown has since been extended and will remain in place until May 3rd. Some parts of the country are going further, with Telangana extending the lockdown until May 7th. “The existing lockdown rules, including night curfew, would continue to be in force and it would be implemented in a tough manner,” said Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao, adding that relaxations permitted by the Centre would not be allowed in the state.
“Everybody has to follow the rule very strictly,” he said.
Coronavirus hotspots have been identified by the Union Government, with a total of 170 districts in the country designated as such. The hotspots include six major cities – Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, and Mumbai in the states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, West Bengal, Telangana, and Maharashtra respectively.